Neil Brown rss

5 September 2015

The great reform summit has just ended and, as I predicted, was a complete waste of time. There were a couple of standard features of all reform summits, which was… Read more


29 August 2015

It was about 2 years ago that I started hanging out with Teddy. And what a roller- coaster of a ride it has been. You might think it odd that… Read more

22 August 2015

With the stuff and nonsense being thrown around about Dyson Heydon and the Royal Commission into union corruption, it is about time that someone set down a few relevant principles.… Read more

15 August 2015

Over the last year or so I have been trying to catch up on two aspects of modern culture that I missed out on during a busy life devoted single-mindedly… Read more

25 July 2015

It looks like we may have an early election. So that my readers will be well-informed citizens ready to take part in the noble activity of voting, I thought it… Read more

11 July 2015

There seems to have been an awful lot of evolving going on in Canberra lately. This has been particularly evident in the evolving attitude of some Coalition members on the… Read more

27 June 2015

Frankly, I cannot see anything wrong in paying people smugglers to go home; had I been in the government’s position I would have done the same thing. As usual, the… Read more

30 May 2015

People seem to think I do not like the ABC. I can understand why some people hold this view. It is probably because I am on the committee that makes… Read more

23 May 2015

I suppose no-one will believe me when I say that I predicted the result of the UK election. But I did. It just seemed to me that when voters were… Read more

9 May 2015

If I thought there was free speech in Australia since the Andrew Bolt case, I would tell you what I really think about the execution of the two Australians in… Read more

25 April 2015

I see that another parliamentary committee has been grappling with the dispute between the government and Gillian Triggs, and the declaration by the government that it no longer has confidence… Read more

Brown study, n, a mood of deep absorption or thoughtfulness; reverie

Brown study

11 April 2015

You will be distressed to hear that I have recently been in the hands of the doctors. However, there is really no need to worry: reports of my death have… Read more

7 March 2015

It is profoundly disturbing that the Liberal Party seems to have taken leave of its senses again and is about to undergo another bout of leadership instability. But, in the… Read more

13 December 2014

I had hoped to bring you a cheery Christmas tale, but the political goings on in Melbourne and Canberra mean I will have to postpone that pleasure and be serious.… Read more


Whitlam – my part in his downfall

25 October 2014

My mother used to say ‘If you can’t say something nice about the dead, don’t say anything at all.’ Of course, that does not stop you from saying the nice… Read more

4 October 2014

I regret to say that this will be my last column, at least in this regular form. I am afraid that my work, particularly in arbitration and mediation, has so… Read more

20 September 2014

Troy Bramston (‘Gorton vs McMahon: the secret memo’ 30 August) joins a long line of journalists who keep repeating the official story of how John Gorton ceased to be Prime… Read more

6 September 2014

There have certainly been some changes in how governments go about their business. In the past, when trying to work out what laws they should make to restrict peoples’ rights,… Read more

23 August 2014

We came from Scotland when my father was nine and his family ditched the old world a year after the end of the First World War and came to Australia,… Read more

2 August 2014

The success of Tony Abbott and Julie Bishop in handling the aftermath of the ghastly events in Ukraine has been dazzling. I have been pondering how they made such a… Read more

26 July 2014

Being an insomniac, I woke about 4 a.m. last Friday, turned on the BBC and there was the news already, although the details were sketchy, that a couple of hours… Read more

19 July 2014

I wonder if you have noticed that the public response here and overseas to the current Middle Eastern crisis has been more muted and subdued than the reaction to previous… Read more

12 July 2014

I feel as if I am writing the Diary this week, as I recount the ups and downs of my appointment to the committee to recommend members of the boards… Read more

5 July 2014

I hope the proposals from the one- man committee of inquiry to make the ABC and SBS ‘more commercial’ are rejected. It is superficially attractive to charge a fee for… Read more

28 June 2014

A column like this cannot ignore the terrible events in the Middle East as Iraq falls apart from bloody-mindedness, Islamic fanaticism and lack of national identity, Syria is bombed into… Read more